Wearing the right clothes to the interview is an essential step to making the right impression. I have asked Ilana Greenberg of Haute and Chic, a personal style consultant, to share her expertise with our readers:
Ah, the interview.
I'm a firm believer in the notion of a look for every occasion, and this is one occasion that merits careful wardrobe attention. The most important consideration when dressing in anticipation of success is to reflect the attitude of your industry while staying true to your own unique personal style. There is a mighty difference between the power threads donned by magazine editors and traders on the floor of the NYSE.
I accompanied a friend who is an executive at Goldman Sachs on a mission to update her look, and pulled a sedate yet sophisticated earthy tone tweed Theory pantsuit off the rack. It fit flawlessly. Theory happens to have among the most well-cut and figure flattering attire for professional women (and men!), and it's suitable for work or play with the right amount of clever coordination.
Stay polished from head to toe. You always want to be taken seriously, particularly in traditionally male-dominated fields like finance and law. In these more conservative environments, women should be conscious of necklines, hemlines and slits. If your corporate culture invites a bit of creativity, wear a cami under that wrap dress, or throw on a chic blazer.
To get the most mileage out of your clothing, you need to transition well from the boardroom to networking cocktails or dinner with friends. Don't be afraid of a splash of color under a dark suit. Accessories - chandelier earrings, bangles, a neclace that makes a statement - can easily be stashed in your workbag for after-hours.
To read the rest of Ilana's article, go to http://hauteandchic.blogspot.com/
Ilana is available for professional fashion consultations prior to a job interview. You can find all of her contact info on her blog.